Sky Sports Card Including – Josh Warrington, Callum Smith, Ricky Burns, Brian Rose Fight Previews & Betting tips

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This weekend sees a bumper Matchroom and Sky Sports card featuring Josh Warrington’s challenge for a European title and outings for Ricky Burns, Callum Smith and Brian Rose.

It is certainly not the most competitive fight card you will ever see hence we will be rounding all the fights up in one blog.


Josh Warrington Vs Davide Dieli

Josh Warrington looks to complete a excellent year bagging British, Commonwealth titles and now potentially a European title, he really has risen quickly and is well backed in Leeds, he has put in classy performances in his last few fights and at just 23 he is starting to look like he is finding some power, something he had been lacking previously with just two stoppages in 18 fights. 

His opponent Italian Davide Dieli is a former European champion, it surprised me as when I looked at him on you tube he really does not look very good, a very one dimensional come forward style with a notable lack of head movement, I see Dieli as an easy puzzle to solve for Warrington and I expect Warrington to completely outclass and dominate this fella. 

In terms of betting it is close between a Warrington decision and stoppage victory with 4/5 on the decision and 5/4 on the stoppage, Warrington may only have 2 stoppages but I think he is far superior to his opponent and with 12 rounds to play with I think Warrington can get his man out of there this weekend. 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Warrington by KO/TKO 5/4 Bet365


Ricky Burns Vs Alexandre Lepelley

Ricky Burns moves up from lightweight to light welterweight in a bid to revive his career after falling way short in his last four fights, he will face an unknown quantity in Alexandre Lepelley who is a late replacement. 

I could only find literally a couple of minutes of footage of Lepelley and its clear regardless of how far Ricky Burns has fallen we are talking about different levels here and Burns needs to win big this weekend, a stoppage win in dominant fashion is really what’s required to keep Burns fire burning. I think he should get it. 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Burns by KO/TKO 5/4 Bet365


Callum Smith Vs Rafael Sosa Pintos

Callum Smith will face Uruguayan Rafael Sosa Pintos in a stay busy fight before he takes on a slightly tougher test in Nikola Sjekloca on the Bellew/Cleverly undercard on 22nd November, a potential clash with George Groves down the line is also simply mouthwatering. 

Pintos started his career at Welterweight and was fighting at middleweight a year ago but when I watched some footage he looked a fairly solid build albeit very short. Regardless Smith will be much the bigger guy in there. Pintos has 48 wins and 10 losses to his name and has won domestic titles in Uruguay and fought outside of Uruguay in Canada and Mexico so he has travelled a few times before. 

Pintos maintains a reasonable guard and is quite economical in the sense he will wait till he is in range before he lets his hands go, Smith is well known for his brutal body shots but Pintos looks like he packs a decent body punch himself, certainly from what I have seen of him. 

But again its different levels and while from what I could see of Pintos it wouldnt surprise me if he went the 8 rounds I think Smith will land to the body and stop his man around the 4th round. 

Smith is 1/100 odds on and at time of writing this there is no method market available, so unless a method market opens up I will be forced to leave this one. 


Brian Rose Vs Ignacio Lucero Fraga

Rose makes his comeback following his failed world title attempt against Demetrius Andrade in which he was stopped in the 7th round, he is facing Argentinian Ignacio Lucero Fraga in what should be bread and butter for Rose, Rose is not a known puncher but he should be stopping Fraga who looks quite novice and possesses a weak jab, it should be a comfortable return for Rose, but yet again Rose is 1/50 odds on so unless a method market pops up I will be forced again to leave this one.


Tyrone Nurse Vs Dave Ryan 

And finally 24 year old prospect Tyrone Nurse will battle it out with the man who upset the odds and put Paul McCloskey into retirement in his last outing. Despite what his 15-8-0 record suggests Dave Ryan is a tough customer who can and will make the most of below par performances from any opponent, so Nurse will need to be at his best if he is to get past Ryan and not fall victim to another upset.

I think this is a competitive fight but I just fancy Nurse to show more class and win by decision but I think Ryan is excellent odds at 9/2 to win on points and I am going to take that price purely on value.

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £10 on Dave Ryan by decision 9/2 Bwin